Writing Tip Tuesday: NaNoWriMo

October 27, 2009 · 15 comments

The most important step in writing a book is writing a book.

Seems obvious. But how many wanna-be writers never sit themselves down and actually write a book?

Lots. Most, in fact.

That’s why writing groups, book-in-a-month challenges (BIAMs), and NaNoWriMo are good things to consider participating in.

NaNoWriMo happens every November and it’s a fun writing challenge. If you’ve never heard of it, go check it out. Then come back here and let us know if you’re participating. If you want writing buddies, leave your username in the comments.

And just to make this a little more exciting, I have a prize—a book (not sure which title yet)—I’ll be giving away in a random drawing from everyone who lets me know they’re participating in NaNoWriMo and who successfully completes the 50,000 word goal.

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T.J. October 27, 2009 at 6:55 am

My NaNoWriMo name is tbronley. I just recently joined. I've actually completed a book that I'm still working on. But I have an idea for another one that I may just plow through for NaNoWriMo.

L.T. Elliot October 27, 2009 at 7:28 am

I'm Nano-ing. LT_Elliot. =] Good luck to everyone!

Zach October 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

I'm shooting for it too. My NaNoWriMo name is zricks.

Karen Jones Gowen October 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

Does it count if I am doing it but not officially? I never signed up, and I started a week ago not wanting to wait til November. But yes, I am going to finish 50,000 words on a new novel by the end of November.

Weston Elliott October 27, 2009 at 9:09 am

I'm in! And totally stoked! Took me a while to decide what to work on, but I've got a good idea that's been rattling around my brain for a couple of years not, and I'm ready to go!

Is anyone else going to the Kick Off party in South Jordan, UT?

Karen Jones Gowen October 27, 2009 at 9:34 am

What? South Jordan? That's where I live, I want to go. Where is it?

Karlene October 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

I signed up. My user name is Inksplasher.

What? Kick-off parties? They do parties? So Jordan is too far away for me. Is there one between Orem & Lehi?

Kk October 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I am thediarywithin on Nanowrimo. I am also the ML for it in the Kansas Elsewhere forums. Oh if you are joining make sure you stop to say hi in the group forums. There is one called LDS Writers.

Stephanie Humphreys October 27, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I signed up again. Now I'm just waiting for life to turn on me 🙂 My name is jessemma4

Danyelle Ferguson October 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I'm participating this year. It's my very first time & I'm so excited to jump into high gear writing mode! My username is DanyelleFerguson (so creative, eh?) Happy writing, everyone!

Danyelle Ferguson October 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

KK – Thanks for letting me know you're in the Kansas – Elsewhere region. I didn't know which region to join, so I went to the closest which was Lawrence. I'll most definitely come over and join you!

Karen Jones Gowen October 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Danyelle–glad to know I'm not the only one who falls back on my own name! While other bloggers come up with really cool shortcut tags, I just read the spot that says "name" and type mine in. Like I'm at school or something.

Noble M Standing October 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

I finally decided to get in on Nano. My username is b.frostgirl.
Heres to hoping that we all reach our goals.

Marcia Mickelson October 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I'm signed up too. My name is Marcia Mickelson. I share Danyelle's creativity.

Chas Hathaway November 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I first heard of NaNoWriMo November 1st, and decided to go for it. I'm absolutely loving it! This is totally the way to do fiction.

I'll have my 50,000 words by the end of tomorrow, but it will probably take another 10,000 words to finish the story.

My NaNo name is chashathaway

– Chas

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